Battle of the Books
It’s that time again! We will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Peabody Public Library “Battle of the Books”! If you are not familiar with this program, it is an academic competition in which teams will be questioned on their general knowledge of 6 books that have been chosen from different genres. Each team will receive a set of books that will be theirs to keep. Teams may have up to 6 members, with students in grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12, and competition will be between teams, not school districts.
Elementary and Middle School teams will compete on Saturday, March 23, while High School teams will compete on Sunday, March 24, so be sure to keep those dates open.
Now available! Download the BOOK LIST.
The Results Are In! Peabody Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Best Storybook Characters:
Harry Potter (child) by Jade North
Sans Skelebro (young adult) by Haydn Gable
Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. (adult) by Amber Brown
Unicorn (child) by Hailey Hall
The Many Faces of Halloween (young adult) by Melora Henney
Rolie Polie Olie (adult) by Christie Witton
Most Unique Pumpkins:
Dr. Einstein (child) by Ian Truax
The Many Faces of Halloween (young adult) by Melora Henney
Vincent van Gogh (adult) by Sara Andrews
Thank you to ALL of the talented individuals who participated in the contest, and thank you to all who voted!
Preschool & Elementary Resources
ABCmouse.com: With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.
AtoZ the USA brings one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.
Before5.org gives parenting and educational ideas for parents of preschoolers. From the DEKKO foundation.
Scholastic BookFlix is an interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning online. Pairing fictional storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, it reinforces reading skills while developing essential real-world knowledge. Use this link to access BookFlix from home (a valid borrowers card is required).
Explora for Elementary Schools, from Inspire is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. Available within the state of Indiana.
Kanopy Kids brings you thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. See FAQ page for more information.
PBS kids is an online site with educational games linked to PBS Kids television shows, including Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, The Electric Company, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, Thomas and Friends, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.
Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Children & Pre-Teen Book Clubs
Note: These book clubs are self-paced and are not on the calendar.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children’s Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.
I Can Read!
This program is designed to motivate children in K – 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.
100 Books Before High School
This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd – 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!
Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens
- Common Sense Media with “reviews and age ratings for best movies, books, apps, games for kids.”
- Compass Book Ratings to help readers “find the right book by age, genre, literary review, and more.”
- Good Reads for Children: recommended children’s books by category
- Good Reads for Young Adults: recommended young adult books by category
- Juvenile Series & Sequels: contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified by audience category
- Kids in Mind for “Film ratings & parents’ reviews that actually work.”
- Lexile.com for Lexile framework ratings.
- Scholastic Book Wizard for finding books by reading level, genre, subject, and grade.